Over the course of the past three weeks, Sawyer has transformed part of the gallery into a studio in preparation for his debut London solo exhibition Pope Swamp, which consists of site specific installation, painting & film.
Sawyer’s approach to creating these works was aligned to the idea of deconstructing and translating pre existing contexts; in this instance Sawyer has sourced his physical working material of insulation foam from the walls of an abandoned and partially ruined church, which is located on the road where his studio is based (Pope Swamp Rd) in Virginia.
Shipping the raw materials between two detached and paradoxical sites enriches Sawyer’s exploration of contextual framework and in extension the process of sourcing them; many of Sawyer’s works present themselves as a residue of a past performative act, often playing on the tensions between chance and control. These traits are evident within his ‘Black Powder’ paintings, which consist of raw gunpowder on canvas - Sawyer uses a flame as the catalyst to finalise each painting. The works presented within ‘Pope Swamp’ expand on Sawyer’s exploration into notions of context, dialogue and performance.
Contribution by Marialuisa Pastò.
Ryan Conrad Sawyer - Pope Swamp
Kinman Gallery (London), June 30 - July 20